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Full text of "Long Lance"

SEFEN   TENTS    OF   MEDICINE

man, and when It is, it Is supposed to be for the
purpose of ridding the tribe of some person whom
the medicine-man deems undesirable to the tribal
welfare. But the 'throwing of spells' on people
is still used more or less extensively among certain
tribes of the North-West.

Upon the graduation of the young student he
becomes the medicine-man's assistant until the
latter's death, and then he steps into the medicine-
man's shoes and chooses his own successor to
train.

Often, as youngsters, we used to stand at a dis-
tance from the medicine-teepee and listen to the
pounding of the big Miteyawin medicine-drum;
and we hoped in our breasts that some day the
medicine-man would ask our parents to let him
have us for his craft.

We heard that they 'did queer things in there3.
Sometimes we would see a person walking about
the camp with one side of his face paralysed and
sagging in a swollen heap over the side of his jaw.
The under-lid of his eye would be drawn down
grotesquelyy and the corner of his mouth would
be drooping away down near the edge of his jaw.
We would ask our mothers what was the matter
with him, and she would tell us that the "medi-
cine-man had cast an evil spirit into him'.

There were one or two old women in the tribe
who could undo the work of the medicine-man.